Friday, January 13, 2017

Halpern Award Information 2017: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15!



APPLICATIONS DUE:                         now:           FEBRUARY 15, 2017
FOR ACTIVITY:                                               MAY 1, 2017-APRIL 30, 2018

Undergraduate OR Graduate students in the Dietrich School are invited to apply for up to $1000 for:
  • travel or living expenses associated with a study abroad experience involving Jewish studies;
  • travel or living expenses associated with participation in a summer language program in Hebrew, Yiddish, or another language relevant to Jewish studies;
  • travel or living expenses associated with participation in an unpaid internship program connected to Jewish studies;
  • travel expenses related to other study or research in Jewish studies;
  • purchase of books or other materials related to research in Jewish studies.

Halpern Awards may be held in conjunction with other University and external funding in cases where the project costs exceed $1000.  Students applying for support abroad for summer projects are strongly encouraged to also apply for the relevant Nationality Room scholarships.

The following application materials must be received by 4 pm, Wednesday February 1, 2017
IN HARD COPY to the Jewish Studies office, 2604 CL OR as a single PDF file to
  • a cover sheet with the following information: the student’s name, Peoplesoft number, preferred mailing address, telephone number, Pitt e-mail address, a title for their project, and a brief (2-3 sentence) description of the proposed activities
  • a statement of purpose (2-3 double-spaced pages) explaining the proposed activities in greater detail and how the activities will further the student’s studies;
  • a detailed budget of all anticipated expenses related to the proposed activities, including a list of other aid applied for and whether that aid has been granted or is pending, and a statement of the amount (up to $1000) requested from the Halpern Fund
  • the student’s academic advisement transcript

·         a letter of recommendation from a Pitt faculty member familiar with the student’s academic work and the proposed project should be e-mailed OR sent in hard copy.

Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the Dietrich School is eligible. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in at least one Jewish studies class (including Hebrew language) at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss their ideas prior to applying.  For any questions about the award, please contact:  Adam Shear, Director, Jewish Studies,

Masters program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts at The George Washington University

The Masters program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts at The George Washington University offers up to 85% of funding if applicants apply by February 1. 

Please forward this information to Jewish/Holocaust Studies alumni and current professors to share with their students. 

This 13-month Masters program prepares graduates for professional careers in Jewish museums, JCCs, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings. 

Students conduct field placements in D.C. at the following institutions:
  • United States Holocaust Museum
  • Hillel International
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Smithsonian
In addition, students are funded to complete a Summer Capstone Fellowship outside D.C. or internationally ( i.e. POLIN Museum, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Yiddish Book Center, and museums in Israel). 

I am happy to answer any questions. 

Thank you,

Ilana Weltman, M.Ed., M.A.
Project Director, Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University

(202) 994-6281 (office)